740 CMR 22.05 - Aerodrome Motor Vehicle Permits and Vehicle Requirements

Current through Register 1466, April 1, 2022

(1) General. All vehicles operating on the aerodrome shall have a valid ramp and apron permit issued by the Executive Director. A ramp and apron permit shall not be issued unless the person or company requesting the permit has entered into an operating agreement with or otherwise been duly authorized by the Executive Director to conduct activities on the aerodrome.
(2) Application Procedure. Applications for ramp and apron permits hereunder shall be made in writing to the Executive Director and shall include proof of current liability insurance coverage with limits as set by the Executive Director, and shall identify the vehicle to be licensed, the company or agency involved, and the justification for issuance of such permit.
(3) Vehicle Requirements.
(a) Special Lighting: Vehicles five feet in height or over which will be operated at night or in periods of reduced visibility shall be equipped with Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, motor carrier safety regulation type clearance lights mounted in accordance with DOT/FAA requirements. If the configuration of the vehicle is such that DOT/FAA clearance lights cannot be installed, a single non-flashing 360 degree red or amber light may be used. This light shall be a minimum four inches high, 2½ inches in diameter, and of at least 50 candlepower. The light may be of the removable type, such as magnetic or suction mounted. Flashing or blinking lights are restricted to use on emergency type vehicles during emergencies or as specifically authorized by the Executive Director.
(b) Fire Extinguishers: Each Class II aerodrome approved vehicle in excess of one ton capacity shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher as designated by the Executive Director. Minimum requirements shall be:
1. Two-pound dry chemical extinguishers, or
2. Four-pound carbon dioxide extinguishers.

NOTE: Carbon tetrachloride, chlorobromomethane, or other vaporizing liquid extinguishers are not permitted inside buildings due to their high toxicity, unless approved by the Executive Director.

3. For the purpose of this requirement, food delivery trucks under 2½ tons in capacity will be considered as Class I vehicles.
(c) Mufflers and exhaust lines shall be of rigid construction with all joints of either screw, flange, or sleeve and clamp type and free of holes. The exhaust end of the tailpipe shall extend parallel to and at least 13 inches from the ground on all fuelers and defuelers.
(d) Sediment bowls, fuel pump bowls, and carburetor float chambers shall be of metal construction.
(e) All lubricating oil and fuel or alcohol dispensing nozzles shall be so designed as to prevent flow of product unless manually operated. Devices that permit automatic flow of fuel are prohibited.
(f) Dimmer switches for headlights: When headlights cannot be dimmed, they must be focused so as to strike the ground not more than 50 feet ahead of the vehicle.
(g) All baggage tugs and small specialized ramp vehicles must have at least one operating taillight.
(h) All vehicles with a type chassis that normally would be licensed to operate on highways shall have two operating taillights, stop lights, and appropriate turn signals.
(i) Emergency brakes must be capable of holding the vehicle on a 30° grade.
(j) Windshields and side glasses must be unbroken.
(k) Cab floors and steps shall be covered with a non-skid mat or coated with non-skid paint.
(l) Tires shall be in serviceable conditions, not worn to the point that the fabric or breaker strip is showing and without sidewall breaks.
(m) Motor vehicles, so equipped, shall have windshield wipers, horns and speedometers in operating condition.
(n) Unlighted mobile ramp equipment such as carts, stairs, ladders, stands, etc., shall be provided with reflectors or reflective material installed in a manner which makes the equipment visible at night to aircraft or ground vehicles from any angle of approach.
(o) It shall be the responsibility of the operator to ascertain that the vehicle is in good maintenance and that all orders and instructions, rules and regulations pertaining to aerodrome-approved vehicles are observed at all times.
(4) Procedure. Permission to operate a motor vehicle on the aerodrome of an Airport must be requested and a permit obtained from the Executive Director prior to operation.
(5) Inspection. Each aerodrome-approved vehicle must be inspected each 12 months by a qualified inspector. More frequent or spot inspections may be made at any time by the Executive Director or his or her representative. Failure to conform to the requirements of 740 CMR 22.05(5) shall constitute a basis for immediate revocation of vehicle permit.
(6) Expiration and Renewal of Permits. A ramp and apron permit shall expire on the last day of the calendar year in which it was issued or at such other time as approved by the Executive Director and may be renewed on or before the date of expiration.
(7) Liability for Operation of Vehicles. Vehicles operated by service organizations, suppliers, etc., serving Airport tenants and users operate only as invitees of such tenants and users who accept full responsibility and liability for their operation and any consequences arising therefrom on such areas in accordance with the rules and regulations for operation of vehicles on an Airport.


740 CMR 22.05

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